Best low friction surface for table saw extention table

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04-25-2007 11:59 PM

I want to building an extention for my table saw what is the best low friction surface? Thnaks for your help.

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#1 posted 04-26-2007 02:02 AM


Virtually no friction whatsoever.

The trick is to get it to stay on the table. Very tricky.

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#2 posted 04-26-2007 02:43 AM

Clean Cast iron with wax. Or formica over MDF if you don’t have cast iron.

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#3 posted 04-26-2007 03:13 AM

Formica veneer over whatever substrate you choose.

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#4 posted 04-26-2007 03:23 AM

Formica or any non-textured plastic laminate, or how about melamine?

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#5 posted 04-26-2007 03:57 AM

I’m also doing this currently, Vern. I’m removing a cast iron wing on my Grizzly 1023 and building a router extension. I have the plate and hardware, just debating on what surface to use. Seems like Formica is the consensus. I’d like to add a hinged outfeed table in the future. So many projects, so little shop time.

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#6 posted 04-26-2007 05:24 AM

Also there is something called phenolic plywood that you can buy from Woodcraft. I read about it in ShopNotes vol 15 issue 87. I have been meaning to check this out for making jigs and a router table top and maybe even a table saw support (surround) surface. Anybody tried it?

-- John

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#7 posted 04-26-2007 05:38 AM

Melamine works fine. There’s a balance between friction and slick. How slick do you really need? Just enough so it doesn’t bind. Melamine is cheap, glue cleans off it, and you can wirite on it.

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#8 posted 04-26-2007 04:50 PM

If you check out Niki’s posts you’ll see that he uses engineered flooring for his router table.

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#9 posted 02-18-2016 03:56 AM

I have a badly pitted cast iron table on my band saw. I had a thought of laminating it with formica.
Any thoughts? any body done this? will the glue hold? Thanks

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#10 posted 02-18-2016 04:04 AM

Any thoughts?
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Yeah, how about instead of reviving a thread from 9 years ago about a completely different topic, you start your own, specific to your question?


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#12 posted 02-18-2016 04:40 AM

I use a uhmw top on my outfeed table that is great…extremely low friction, never needs waxing and whenever glue dries on it I can peel it off easily

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#13 posted 02-18-2016 12:25 PM

I use a product called Panolam from my supplier.

A piece of natural stone countertop will also work.

Actually anything will work there won’t be that much friction with sanded ply or hardboard either.

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#14 posted 02-18-2016 12:34 PM

I used formica on my drill press table and router table and even on my crosscut sled. I love it and think it would make a great surface for a bandsaw table. I would think it would adhere to cast iron just fine with contact adhesive. Just make sure there is no active oxidation going on. I would use phosphoric acid or some type of rust converter prior to laminating. Then, make sure the table’s flat and clean it with something just prior to laminating to be certain there is no grease or contaminants.

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#15 posted 02-18-2016 01:47 PM

Thanks every one for the input. I will give it a try and post the results. Good day.

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